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MEDNEWS Items of Interest
December marks Global Health
Engagement month. During this
month we highHght Navy Medicine's
advancements in global health engage-
ment through research and develop-
ment, humanitarian assistance/disas-
ter response, and global partnerships.
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scale and cannot be done without its
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BIMED keadauarters names
Sailors of tho year
By Joshua Wick, U.S. Navy Bureau of
Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The U.S.
Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
(BUMED) announced its 2012 Sailors of
the Year (SOY) at its headquarters, Nov.
BUMED's panel of senior enlisted lead-
ers named Hospital Corpsmen 1st Class
Kenneth Matthews the Senior Sailor the
Year, and Hospital Corpsmen 2nd Class
Hyekyong Pak the Junior Sailor of the
"Each department selects and nomi-
nates their Sailor of the Year following a
department-level evaluation," said Senior
Chief Hospital Corpsman Kellie Hamil-
ton, coordinator for BUMED's Sailor of
the Year Program.
The finalists go before the Sailor of the
Year Board for further evaluation of their
educational accomplishments, physical
fitness standards, participation in civic
and community activities along with a
variety of rigorous tests of professional
military knowledge, leadership, military
bearing. Navy values, and current events,
Junior Sailor of the Year is typically
awarded to second and third class petty
officers (E-4s and E-5s) with the overall
Sailor of the Year reserved for first class
petty officers (E-6s).
"We all help and mentor each other
to prepare for the board and uniform
inspections," said Matthews. "We don't
compete against each other directly. We
just motivate one another to give a little
extra and do our best, because we know
we represent Navy Medicine."
Matthews serves as leading petty offi-
See Sailors, Page 3
photo by josliua Wick
Hospital Corpsmen 1st Class (SW/AW) Kenneth Matthews from Gaithersburg, Md.,
assigned to U.S. Navy Medicine's Fleet Programs, was selected as U.S. Navy Bu-
reau of Medicine and Surgery Senior Sailor of the Yean Rear Adm. Michael Mittel-
man presented Matthews with his coin during a ceremony, Nov. 20.
Surgeon General's Corner
Navy Medicine supports
global health engagement
Our motto in Navy Medicine
is "world-class care, anytime,
anywhere." The task we have before
us to provide care, whether it is to a
forward-deployed Sailor serving at sea,
to someone in need during a medical
civic assistance project, or developing a
vaccine in one of our overseas research
labs, is never done alone. Navy Medicine
works with Combatant Commanders,
coalition forces, ministries of health, and
non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
worldwide to ensure we meet our mission
on any platform, in any environment.
This month we highlight Navy Medi-
cine's support to global health engage-
ment. We are a maritime nation and a
maritime service. When we look at Navy
Medicine's role of providing not only
health care but health to our service
members, their families, and those en-
trusted to Navy Medicine, we are acting
on a global scale. Over 70 percent of the
Earth's surface is covered by water, more
than 80 percent of the Earth's population
lives near a coastline, and more than 90
percent of the world's commerce travels
by sea. The naval mission of maintaining
the safety and security of our sea lanes —
being 100 percent "on watch" — and Navy
Medicine's role in keeping our Sailors and
Marines fit and ready, to do just that, has
never been more important. We can't do
Navy and Marine Corps
U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
IjCi ce Adm. Matthew L. Nathan
U.S. Navy Surgeon General
Capt. Dora Lockwood
Public Affairs Officer
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Valerie A. Kremer I
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this without our worldwide partners.
Navy Medicine's mission is one with a
truly global footprint. We are forward de-
ployed with operating forces overseas and
our research units provide a global health
benefit around the world. Navy Medicine
personnel serve as ambassadors world-
wide and are the heart and soul of the
U.S. Navy as a "Global Force for Good."
Building partnerships around the world
is imperative to our ability to meet our
mission and be a responsive and effective
organization. I believe this to be so im-
portant that I recently stood up an office
dedicated to Global Health Engagement.
That office will align and synchronize the
global health engagements that promote
lasting partnerships worldwide.
Global health engagement includes
our humanitarian assistance/ disaster
response [(HA/DR] missions. These HA/
DR missions directly support the Navy's
Maritime Strategy and they continue to
expand because they have proven to be
highly successful in building global re-
lationships. With past support to critical
missions like Operation Unified Response
in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
Navy Medicine serves the international
leader in HA/DR response.
More recently. Navy Medicine per-
sonnel provided essential support to
Operation Tomodachi after the devastat-
ing earthquake and tsunami in Japan in
2011. As the foremost experts in radia-
tion health issues, our Navy Medicine
Radiation Health Officers and Radiation
Health Technicians answered the inter-
national call for assistance to Japan and
provided paramount support following
the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.
They provided onsite monitoring of
radioactive contamination, counseling
to those affected, played a key role in the
development of a health registry for those
affected in the AOR during the disaster
and provided advice to the Combatant
Commander and Navy and Marine Corps
flag and general officers in the Pacific
Area of Responsibility. The Navy hospital
ships also conduct planned deployment
humanitarian assistance missions where
they work with local ministries of health
to bring care to the people of foreign na-
tions. USNS Comfort's mission in Central
and South America and the Caribbean
Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan
U.S. Navy Surgeon General
for Continuing Promise 2011, as well
as USNS Mercy's 2012 Pacific Partner-
ship mission to Southeast Asia, provide
further evidence of our continued com-
mitment to the global efforts to foster
security and stability worldwide. Our
hospital ships are executing our Maritime
Strategy by building the trust and cooper-
ation we need to strengthen our regional
alliances and empower partners around
the world. With each successful deploy-
ment, we increase our interoperability
with host and partner nations, NGOs and
As a Global Force for Good, Navy
Medicine also conducts international
military education and training and
bilateral exchanges as a means to build
relationships by promoting common in-
terests, while working with local govern-
mental organizations. We also have Navy
Medicine personnel engaged in training
throughout the world in military-to-
military education. Such training helps to
bridge understanding between militaries.
In addition, building the health capacities
of the U.S. and its multilateral partners
also improves bio-surveillance and re-
sponse and protects populations at home
As we employ a whole of government
approach to global health engagement
(military, interagency and NGOs) in-
tegrating to reach a common goal, we
also harness the power of jointness. As
we move forward in this interconnected
world, this goal will be more important
I am extremely proud of the work that
all of you continue to do on a daily basis
and am proud to be your Surgeon Gen-
CORPSMEN LKARN TO SlWll LIVES
By Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson, 2nd Marine Division
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Cries for help echoed through the
warehouse as the corpsmen moved from one casualty to the
next as quickly as they could.
"Hurry up doc, you got people dying over here," shouted an
instructor as the corpsman frantically gathered his supplies and
moved to help the next casualty
After a quick assessment of the simulated casualty, the corps-
man rushed to treat the other patients.
Despite the thick layer of fog, ambient noise of gunfire, heli-
copters and victims, the corpsmen successfully completed the
final part of their tactical combat casualty care course.
The Tactical Combat Casualty Care course taught corpsmen
the combat first aid needed when tending to wounded Marines
in a deployed environment.
"TCCC is designed to sharpen and further advance the skills
of junior corpsmen that have never been in a combat situation,"
said Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher R. Trimmer, a TCCC
instructor with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine
Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.
During this week-long course, sailors with various companies
from 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Division learned how
to keep casualties alive while waiting for transport to medical
"We start with four days of didactic (classroom instruction)
and practical application in the classroom," said Trimmer. "Then
we end the class with a training scenario which includes a mass
All corpsmen learn basic skills in field med, but TCCC goes
more in depth, said Trimmer.
"We try to create the best stress environment for the corps-
men by focusing on the casualty side of it and making it as real
as possible," said Trimmer. "It's really a class taught for corps-
men by corpsmen."
Students in the class said that taking TCCC has allowed them
to further expand their knowledge of field medicine.
"The training is a great opportunity for us to increase our
Photo by Lance Cpl. Mel Johnson
A corpsman with Weapons Company, 2nd Medical Battalion,
2nd Marine Division performs combat first aid on a simulated
casualty Nov. 30, during the 2nd Marine Division Tactical
Combat Casualty Care course. This course gives corpsmen
the skills necessary to treat wounded Marines.
skills, both as new and experienced corpsmen," said Petty Of-
ficer 3rd Class David Smith, a corpsmen with Weapons Com-
pany, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
The course is designed to teach corpsmen to respond quickly,
accurately and diagnose the casualty, he added.
"The course taught us the guidelines of combat care but also
provided the skills to think independently when treating a casu-
alty," said Smith a native of Sacrament, Ca.
Though the division-level TCCC course aboard Marine
Corps Base Camp Lejeune is still relatively new compared to
those at Camp Pendleton and on Okinawa, Japan the instructors
work hard to ensure the sailors fully understand the importance
of the course.
"This is what being a corpsman is all about, not just giving
shots and taking temperatures," said Smith. "This is what really
matters because it's going to save lives."
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cer for fleet programs, special duty physi-
cal program manager in the Undersea
Medicine and Radiation Health Depart-
ment. He is responsible for designing and
implementing programs, efficiencies and
manning supporting the fleet, marine
forces, undersea medicine, special opera-
tions and other Navy Medicine support
functions. As a radiation health techni-
cian he is responsible for maintaining 15
years of medical waivers and ensures the
streamhning of the reissue process for
more then 15,000 Sailors. He holds an
associate' s degree in health care informa-
tion and a bachelor's degree in health care
BUMED's Sailor of the Year felt that as
a leader this selection doesn't make you a
better Sailor ... It only gives your message
to other Sailors more credence, adding,
"People are more likely listen when you
can show results."
"When the results were announced, I
was honestly surprised," said Pak. "Con-
sidering all the candidates, it was both
an honor and a great surprise to be an-
nounced as Sailor of the Year."
Pak serves as a tuition analyst at
BUMED's detachment in Bethesda,
Md. She is responsible for procurement
requests for new Health Professions
Scholarship Program (HPSP) recipients
and managing an annual budget of $56
million. She serves as liaison to approxi-
mately 1,300 scholarship recipients and
works with more than 200 universities
and colleges. Additionally, she researches
and provides funding information for 27
scholarship students recoupment pack-
ages valued at $2.7 million. In December,
Pak will graduate with her associate' s de-
gree and will continue her studies toward
a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
"The Navy allowed me to become a
leader and care for others, which are my
passions," said Pak. "And it motivates
me to mentor as well as guide my junior
Leading from the front and by example
is what she believes makes a good Sailor.
"We already know all the candi-
dates this year are fine corpsmen," said
BUMED Force Master Chief Sherman
Boss, and director of the Hospital Corps.
"This competition just determined that
HMl Matthews, and HM2 Pak are this
year's best examples of what it means to
be a leader and most importantly, [a]
December 2012-MEDNEWS -3
Social worker holps doployod sailors 'stop and broaihe'
By Mike Hixenbaugh, The Virginian-
About four months after leaving Norfolk
Naval Station aboard the amphibious
assault ship Iwo Jima last spring, Lt. Jen-
nifer Ayers noticed a growing number
of stressed-out sailors showing up at her
So she started a weekly yoga class
and invited troubled crew members to
take deep breaths, clear their minds and
stretch their muscles.
Ayers is the first clinical social worker
to join an amphibious warship on deploy-
ment, part of the Navy's efforts to help
sailors cope with more frequent deploy-
ments and longer stints at sea.
Her job is to help young sailors and
Marines deal with stressful life changes,
anxiety and disappointments. She
thought she might see a surge of new pa-
tients after the ship and two others in its
strike group were ordered to extend their
deployments indefinitely just days before
they were due back in Norfolk.
"I was honestly expecting an uptick in
business," Ayers said in a phone interview
last week, days after the ships were or-
dered to reverse course just as they were
beginning their return journey across the
Atlantic Ocean. But, to Ayers' surprise,
that hasn't happened.
The Iwo Jima and amphibious ships
New York and Gunston Hall were in-
structed to remain on standby in the
Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Kiiykendall
Lt. Jennifer R. Ayers, a clinical social
worker, conducts an interview with a
sailor aboard the amphibious assault
ship I wo J ima. Ayers is the first Navy
social worker to deploy with an am-
eastern Mediterranean as conflict raged
between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza.
Despite a cease-fire in hostilities, no
return date has been announced.
"I haven't seen a spike," she said. "The
mood on the ship has been very support-
ive and eager to serve."
Sailors and Marines have met with
Ayers for personal problems, including
depression, suicidal thoughts, workplace
anxiety and family issues. She provides
counseling for the three ships, which
Aircraft carriers come staffed with
clinical psychologists and a support team,
but smaller amphibious ships have always
had to ask for assistance or send sailors
ashore for mental-health issues.
Ayers estimates she has treated more
than 50 sailors and Marines who other-
wise would have needed to be flown off
the ship for care.
"We have very young sailors and
Marines, most between the ages of 18 and
24, and it takes us a while to kind of learn
how to deal with life," Ayers said. "We
talk through relationships and difficulties
they're having in the workplace and com-
mon problems that come up when you're
away from family... I provide insight on
how to manage stress."
With some 2,400 Marines and 2,000
sailors attached to the amphibious ready
group, Ayers said she has felt stretched
thin at times.
Her yoga-at-sea sessions helped her
comfort several crew members at once.
Ayers also benefited, she said.
"Sometimes you just have to stop and
breathe," she said.
Lt. Greg Addison, Diving Officer, and
David Francis, a dive med tech, both
assigned to the Hyperbarics Depart-
ment at Naval Aerospace Medical In-
stitute (NAMI), supervise a dive where
mild traumatic brain injury volunteers
are exposed to various concentrations
of oxygen. Addison, Francis and other
NAMI Hyperbarics Chamber personnel
have been involved in a research project
designed to test the feasibility of using
hyperbaric medicine to treat lasting ef-
fects of mild traumatic brain injury.
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4 • MEDNEWS • December 2012
First corpsman to receive National Dental Accreditation
From Navy Medicine Education and
Training Command Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO - An advanced den-
tal instructor at the San Diego-based
Advanced Dental Assistant Program
(ADAP) became the first Hospital Corps-
man to be accredited by an American
Dental Association-recognized national
certification organization Dec. 3.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/
AW) JontreU Chambers was notified
by the Dental Assisting National Board
(DANE) that he is accredited as a Certi-
fied Dental Assistant (CDA).
Chambers said the accreditation
- required or recognized as meeting
regulatory requirements in 29 states and
the District of Columbia to perform
expanded functions - is indicative of what
corpsmen throughout the Fleet are ac-
complishing on a daily basis.
"At clinics, hospitals, in the field and
on ships at sea, corpsmen are perform-
ing at a level unsurpassed in the civilian
sector," said Chambers. "These sorts of
accreditations serve to show what we as
corpsmen are capable of doing, as well
as demonstrate the level of care we have
historically provided. This step shows
the importance of dental medicine in
the military and civilian communities,
and I hope my receiving this certification
will streamline military dental medicine
training schools along with the guidelines
of the civilian sector where future active
duty dental personnel will qualify for
DANE is recognized by the American
ciation as the
for CDAs. The
ment of Veterans Affairs requirement for
expanded duties dental assistant designa-
tion, and all branches of the U.S. Armed
Forces are encouraging DANE certifica-
ADAP Officer-in-Charge Capt. Erian
Ritter said Chambers' certification show-
cases the initiative Chambers took in
pursuing this degree, and his successful
completion of the program can serve as a
springboard for other corpsmen pursuing
Photo by Bruce Cummins
a student in the advanced dental assistant
Hospitalman Vincent J uliano, right
program, receives instruction from Hospital Corpsman 2nd Classjontrell Cham-
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"Chambers' accreditation is valuable to
the Advanced Dental Assistant Program
because it is evidence that the ADAP
curriculum can prepare its graduates to
successfully challenge the DANE CDA
exam," Ritter said. "He and our other
staff members can now better mentor our
eligible students and fuUy prepare them
for the process leading to DANE CDA
The ADAP, formerly known as the
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
"At clinics, hospitals, in the
field and on ships at sea,
corpsmen are performing at
a level unsurpassed in the
Advanced Dental Assistant Program
of the 21 -week
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jontrell Chambers (^omsrnen will
have a greater
edge and increased dental skill that can
be used to improve the efficiency and ef-
fectiveness of the dental team. Graduates
often use the course as a stepping stone
to dental hygiene or dental school, and
upon graduation, are awarded the 8702
Navy Enlisted Classification and assigned
advanced dental duty.
ADAP provides advanced instruction
that educates, trains, and prepares hospi-
tal corpsmen to serve in administrative,
clinical, and/ or auxiliary roles in support
of dental officers within Navy Medicine.
ADAP graduates serve in periodontics,
prosthodontics, and operative dentistry
departments, as well as leadership posi-
tions in clinical management and health-
Ritter also said Chambers' certification
stems further still from his current posi-
tion at ADAP, providing ramifications
throughout the Fleet.
"DANE CDA certification provides
Navy Medicine with chair- side dental
technicians who are fully committed
to providing quality care in a modern,
efficient manner and are dedicated
to improving their skills through an-
nual continuing education," Ritter said.
"And while these sorts of certifications
are valuable to our dental technicians
because it makes them more competitive
for civilian employment as they transi-
tion from active duty, while they are
on active duty this helps us ensure that
Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and
Coastguardsmen are mission ready."
The ADAP is a component of the Sur-
face Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI)
in San Diego, and the Navy Medicine
Operational Training Center (NMOTC)
in Pensacola, Fla. ADAP SWMI and
NMOTC are all part of Navy Medicine
Education and Training Command
(NMETC), located aboard Fort Sam
December 2012 -MEDNEWS • 5
Makin Island medical, safety personnel host a 'health and wellness fair'
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Princess L.
Brown, USS IVIakin Island Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO - Medical and safety Sailors from USS Makin
Island (LHD 8), along with volunteers from USS Essex (LHD 2)
and the guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), hosted
a "Health and Wellness Fair," Dec. 5, for Sailors assigned to
ships moored at Pier 13 aboard Naval Base San Diego.
The event was open to more than 2,000 Sailors and was
designed to promote health and wellness by providing informa-
tion on nutrition management, command fitness programs,
men's and women's health, smoking cessation and stress man-
"The health fair is being conducted on an annual basis to
help educate Sailors on useful information and programs that
range from family services to mental health," said Hospital
Corpsman 2nd Class Crystal Carter, assigned to Makin Island's
medical department. "It is important because the health fair
gives you the additional tools and education for various situa-
More than a dozen booths and displays not only promoted
overall health awareness, but provided Sailors with information
on the benefits of TriCare, Military OneSource, the Navy and
Marine Corps Relief Society, and the San Diego Fleet and Fam-
ily Support Center.
Volunteers manning the booths handed out informational
pamphlets and provided training on their specific topics and
programs. A team of hospital corpsman was also available to
take blood pressure readings and provide information on smok-
ing cessation programs.
"We have a display that shows the difference between a
Hospital Corpsman 3rd class Karen Dainwood discusses the
effects of smoking at her smoking cessation booth as part of
the Pier 13 Health Fair, Dec. 5. The Pier 13 Health is spon-
sored by the USS Milius (DDG 69), the amphibious assault
ships USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Makin Island (LHD8) in an
effort to promote healthy lifestyle choices.
smoker's artery and a non-smoker's artery, and a chewer's
mouth display that shows what all can happen to your mouth
if you smoke," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Karen Dain-
wood, a tobacco cessation program assistant at Naval Medical
Center San Diego.
Dainwood's booth also featured a glass jar which held ap-
proximately eight ounces of tar to show Sailors how much of the
See Fair, Page 11
NMGSD's pathology program roaccroditod for two moro yoars
By lUlass Communication Specialist
2nd Class Chad A. Bascom, Naval
lUledical Center San Diego Public
SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Cen-
ter San Diego's (NMCSD) Pathology
program obtained a two-year reac-
creditation from the College
of American Pathologists
(CAP) through October
Over two days, the
reviewed policies and
procedures to ensure
adherance to the cur-
rent practices and any
new requirements since
the last accreditation in
The process involved the review
of records, staff training, revision of
policies and procedures, and inventory
management of consumables.
"CAP accreditation demonstrates that
NMCSD is meeting the high standards
6 -MEDNEWS -December 2012
established by the leaders in laboratory
medicine. Moreover, the degree to which
the laboratory succeeded in the inspec-
tion process shows that we are exceeding
those standards"," said Capt. Scott Luzi,
laboratory department head.
The Pathology program earned the
maximum two year reaccredita-
tion. This means that for the
next two years, NMCSD is
fully accredited to train
and graduate pathology
doctors. NMCSD trains
pathology doctors a year
as well as one commu-
nity college intern, six
phlebotomy students per
month and approximately
10 medical lab technicians
per class, according to Eileen S.
Licuanan, Pathology lab quality assurance
Proper training is critical to the lab's
success. With more than 200 staff com-
prised of active duty service members
and civilians. Pathology is continually
running self tests to ensure all standard
operating procedures are followed step by
step the same way every time. The Food
and Drug Administration inspectors can
visit unannounced at any time and con-
duct an inspection, which adds additional
incentive for readiness and providing the
highest possible standards of care.
Both staff and patients will benefit
from the accreditation.
"Our providers and patients can be
confident that the laboratory is producing
quality results to assist them in guiding
their health care decisions," said Luzi.
In addition to this achievement, the
laboratory delivers quality laboratory
services on a daily basis in support of
the armed forces, including laboratory
testing, phlebotomy services, and point of
care testing for 330 sites within the hos-
pital and donor center collecting approxi-
mately 10,000 blood products annually.
The NMCSD Pathology program is
also accredited by the American Associa-
tion of Blood Banks and required to sub-
mit a check-up report halfway through
the accreditation period.
KMK ADM. r
By Ashley Nekoui, Space and Naval
Warfare Systems Command
SAN DIEGO--Rear Adm. Elizabeth
Niemyer visited Space and Naval War-
fare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific)
on Dec. 6, to learn about programs that
support Wounded Warriors (WWs) and
service members suffering from post-
traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or
traumatic brain injury (TBI). Niemyer is
currently assigned as the deputy chief for
Wounded, 111, and Injured at the Bureau
of Medicine and Surgery and also serves
as director of the Navy Nurse Corps.
Commanding Officer Capt. Joe Beel
provided an overview of the Center and
its mission to the Admiral, highlighting
the Center's key strategic location as a
warfare center situated near Navy and
Marine bases, with locations throughout
the Asia Pacific realm. Additionally, he
highlighted several projects, many of
them belonging to the Research and Ap-
plied Sciences group, led by Steve Russell,
who also attended the meeting.
Lt. Cmdr. Justin Campbell, a research
psychologist and member of the Research
and Applied Sciences group, briefed
Niemyer on his efforts to apply the Space
and Naval Warfare Systems Commands
(SPAWAR's) mission of command, con-
trol, communications, computers, intel-
ligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
(C4ISR), to the improve the medical
surveillance of PTSD and TBI.
Campbell's research focused on
establishing the link between in-theater
behavioral health surveillance data and
post-deployment health assessments to
provide the means to focus psychological
health outreach efforts on specific mis-
sions and units with the highest risk of
Photo by Norman Tancioco
Rear Adm. Elizabeth Niemyer, deputy chief, Wounded, III, and Injured at the Bu-
reau of Medicine and Surgery and director. Navy Nurse Corps visited Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) on Dec. 6. Niemyer (third from
left) is greeted by Commanding Officer Capt. Joe J. Bee; Steve Russell, Research
and Applied Sciences Department head; Linda Kusumoto and Wadad Dubbelday,
SSC Pacific portfolio managers; and Lt. Cmdr. J ustin Campbell, a member of the
Research and Applied Sciences group.
adverse psychological health outcomes.
In particular, Campbell focused on a unit
of Navy Individual Augmentees (lA) that
served in detainee operations. Campbell's
research was the first to validate that
anonymous in-theater risk assessments
could be used to identify lA units with
documented elevated risk for PTSD based
on post-deployment health assessments.
Through his research, Campbell noted
that unlike other Navy missions, it was
problematic to conduct mission-wide
surveillance for lA groups because lA
units serving in Iraq and Afghanistan did
not have unit identification codes that
have traditionally provided the means for
psychological health surveillance.
Based on the findings of this study,
Campbell recommended the Navy devel-
op a way to support post-deployment re-
unions for at-risk lA units to facilitate the
healing power of unit cohesion and foster
the special bonds that develop between
service members who have endured ardu-
ous deployments. These reunions would
allow personnel to share, discuss, and
work through feelings and experiences
See Pacific, Page 8
Marines, corpsman awarded
nation's combat valor awards
Maj. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese, deputy commanding
general of 1 Marine Expeditionary Force, shakes
hands with the Marines and corpsman who were
awarded by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus dur-
ing a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp
Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 3. Mabus presented a Navy
Cross to Sgt. William B. Soutra, Jr., and Silver Stars
to Maj. J ames Rose, Staff Sgt. Frankie Shinost, J r.,
and Petty Officer First Class Patrick Ouill. The Ma-
rines and corpsman were awarded for conspicuous
1 gallantry and intrepidity against the enemy while
1 engaged in combat missions in Helmand province,
f Afghanistan, nearly two years ago.
December 2012 -MEDNEWS • 7
Lovell FHCC Navy dental team sees first patient
By Jayna Legg, Lovell FHCC Public Affairs
NORTH CHICAGO, 111. - U.S. Navy Yeoman 2nd Class Philip
Barrantes couldn't have predicted it, but when he went to the
dentist at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Cen-
ter on a recent Monday morning, he made history.
Barrantes, who is an Active Duty Navy employee of the
Lovell FHCC, was in pain and needed a filling checked. His
appointment bright and early Nov. 19 ended up being the very
first one booked by the new Active Duty Navy dental team on
the facility's main campus in North Chicago.
Instead of having to leave his workplace and drive to a Lovell
FHCC clinic "off campus," which in the past usually meant
losing a convenient parking spot and waiting in a long line,
Barrantes took a short walk to the dental clinic and got right
in to see Dr. Scott Hocker. Hocker is also known as Lieutenant
Hocker, and is the first Active Duty Navy dentist to work in the
clinic on the main campus.
"It's a lot easier to walk up a few steps in the hospital, rather
than having to go elsewhere," Barrantes said. "This way I can get
right back to work."
Hocker and his staff- all Active Duty Navy personnel -
started getting the new treatment rooms and supplies ready the
week prior and were more than happy to see their first patient.
But the planning for the new service has taken longer. The
wheels were set in motion after the October 2010 integration
of Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs
medical facilities in Great Lakes and North Chicago, Illinois,
into one federal health care system serving Veterans, Active
Duty military and military families.
"It's an honor to be a part of something new and to help fur-
ther integrate the FHCC," said Hocker. "We've got a great team
here, and we are excited to serve the Active Duty and Veterans
The new team is dedicated to first providing care to approxi-
mately 400 Active Duty employees of Lovell FHCC but will be
available to see Veteran patients as well, said Hocker.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Amber Berkhous, an Active
Duty Navy dental hygienist, said the move is all about "opening
Photo by jayna Legg
Navy Lt. Scott Hocker sees the first patient, Yeoman 2nd
Class Philip Barrantes, who works in human resources. Assist-
ing on the right is Hospitalman Martin Redding, dental techni-
cian. The new section in the dental clinic on the main campus
of the Lovell FHCC will allow Navy employees to receive treat-
ment without driving "off-campus."
access to care for Active Duty employees so they don't have to
travel." Hocker and Berkhous are joined by Hospital Corpsman
2nd Class Marcus Snearley, a dental technician and the Lead
Petty Officer for the team, and Hospitalman Martin Redding,
also a dental technician. At the front desk is Hospitalman
Quaashie Henly, recently named Sailor of the Month for Lovell
FHCC's Fisher Clinic, where she previously worked.
"Our team has plenty of experience," said Hocker. "They are
hard-working and great to be around."
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that they shared and, just as importantly,
demonstrate the Navy's appreciation for
the many sacrifices that these lA Sailors
made to serve their country in a combat
"Unit cohesion is the strongest deter-
mining factor when determining how
personnel will handle stress," said Camp-
Both the Navy and Marine Corps have
higher cases of personnel reporting risk
for PTSD than the national civilian aver-
age, states Campbell. In particular, Camp-
bell emphasized the need to reach out to
the entire unit as a preventative method
versus identifying single individuals.
8 -MEDNEWS -December 2012
Campbell is currently looking into
ways for SSC Pacific to help fuse the
various databases that are used to evalu-
ate the mental health burden of combat
deployments in Sailors and Marines in
order to better facilitate allocation of
valuable and expensive mental health
Cmdr. George Byrd, SPAWAR's region-
al WW coordinator, and Dan Slack, SSC
Pacific's competency lead for Test, Evalua-
tion, and Certification, briefed Niemyer
on SPAWAR's goals to support WWs.
Byrd highlighted SPAWAR Command-
er Rear Adm. Pat Brady's goal of ensur-
ing that seven percent of all new hires be
WWs and that the Command conduct
one WW networking event a year.
The command has also implemented
a shadowing program that allows WWs
with an interest in science, technology.
education, and math to trail an employee
so they have a better understanding of
what a job in the civil service sector en-
tails - this is important as many WWs are
young and unfamiliar with employment
outside of the military.
"We see and hear the command's mot-
to 'Our people are our greatest strength.'
We need to ensure that we support that
motto," says Slack.
In addition to a shadow program, the
Center has also provided internships to
WWs in its robotics and marine mammal
With several programs and goals for
WWs, Niemyer stated that "SSC Pacific is
really the gold standard."
Niemyer was impressed with the
Center's work and is looking forward to
NMOTC personnel lesrn life-saving teciiniques
From Navy Medicine Operational
Training Center Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Medical profes-
sionals from Navy Medicine's recognized
global leader in operational medical and
aviation survival training instructed a
class aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola,
Fla., Dec. 10 designed to augment life-
The Navy Medicine Operational Train-
ing Center's (NMOTC) Staff Education
and Training (SEAT) Department facili-
tated the American Heart Association
(AHA) accredited Advanced Cardiovas-
cular Life Support (ACLS)course, ensur-
ing more than 20 NMOTC-area medical
professionals remained certified.
NMOTC SEAT Leading Petty Officer
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/FMF)
Jeffrey Casady said the course - a stan-
dardized AHA offering providing con-
tinuing education for physicians, nurses,
pharmacists and emergency medical ser-
vices (EMS) practitioners - serves to build
on the already significant reputation U.S.
Navy medical professionals embody.
"This course is a recommendation
for anyone deploying," he said. "But it's
important for everyone. Even though
the majority of the students in this class
are in administrative or student roles
at NMOTC right now, maintaining
readiness is key, and something NMOTC
takes quite serious."
Casady said the course, an evolution
that encompasses a Basic Life Saving
(BLS) skills station as well as blocks of
instruction on respiratory arrest, pulsel-
ess arrest, strokes, algorithms and brady-
Photo by Bruce Cummins
Naval Aerospace Medical Institute flight surgeon Lt. Cmdr. Charles Johnson, center,
provides student flight surgeons Lt. Jennifer Hunt, left, and Lt. John Jackson feed-
back during an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support block of instruction at NAMI
in Pensacola, Fla. The ACLS is an American Heart Association-credentialed course
which Navy Medicine deployers are required to take.
cardia/tachycardia situations, serves as a
refresher for these students.
"Knowing how to save someone's life is
important," he said. "This course is some-
thing Navy Medicine has championed as
a requirement every health care provider
needs to complete in an effort to do what
Navy Medicine does best - save lives."
NMOTC ACLS students watched an
informational video, received instruction
from Naval Aerospace Medical Institute
(NAMI) staff, took a written exam and
demonstrated practical skills during the
course, which was administered under
the auspices of the Military Training
Network, an entity that develops and
implements policy guidance and ensures
compliance with curriculum and admin-
istrative standards for resuscitative and
trauma medicine training programs for
uniformed service members and Depart-
ment of Defense affiliates worldwide.
NAMI is a component of NMOTC,
which reports to NMETC, the sole point
of accountability for Navy Medicine edu-
cation and training.
Lt. Mario Bencivenga, an occupational
therapist at Naval Hospital Jacksonville,
applies a counterforce brace to the
forearm of Lt. Cmdr. Angela Powell
during a check-up, Dec. 11. The
hospital's state-of-the-art facility is
poised to become a vital regional
warrior care center. Equipment includes
an aquatic treadmill for patients to
build strength and fully equipped living
quarters for patients to regain the skills
of daily living.
December 2012 -MEDNEWS • 9
Navy Public Health Team prevldes site assessment te Camp Lemonnler, Djlbeutl
By Lt. Sarah Goodman, Navy Environmental Preventive
Medicine 2 Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy Environmental Preventive Medi-
cine Unit (NEPMU) 2 and the Navy and Marine Corps PubHc
Health Center (NMCPHC) joined forces to conduct an Occupa-
tional and Environmental Health Site Assessment (OEHSA) at
Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa, Nov. 8-20.
Public health professionals from NEPMU-2 and NMCPHC
traveled to Camp Lemonnier to fulfill a Commander Naval
Installation Command (CNIC) request for the assessment, in
preparation for the camp's transition from an expeditionary
facility to an enduring base.
The purpose of the OEHSA was to identify environmental
conditions at Camp Lemonnier that could affect the health of
military personnel who deploy there and provide recommenda-
tions to the commanding officer about methods to reduce any
According to Steve Sorgen, an environmental health scientist
and the team's leader from NMCPHC, the OEHSA is an all-
hazards assessment to help ensure and sustain readiness.
"We evaluate environmental conditions associated with cur-
rent and past uses of a site as well as offsite sources of environ-
mental contaminants," said Sorgen. "We determine when, where
and how exposures to environmental stressors could occur and
describe the exposure pathways associated with each source."
"Each complete or potentially complete exposure pathway
is further evaluated by environmental sampling to determine
what, if any, health risk exists," said Ned Berg, NMCPHC indus-
trial hygienist and team member.
Disease vectors and workplace exposures are also included in
"The most important part of the OEHSA was identifying and
assessing any environmental and/or occupational stressors that
could affect the health of deployed personnel," said Lt. j.g. Victor
Camaya, NEPMU-2. "Area noise dosimetry was one oi^the pa-
rameters I assessed while there. It is important to identify areas
where personnel should be wearing hearing protection."
Overall, the partnership led to an affective, thorough assess-
"It was great to go with teammates like Steve Sorgen and Ned
Berg," said Lt.j.g. Nii Adjei Oninku, member of NEPMU-2. "It
was nice to have many people with different viewpoints, and to
learn how to ask questions without being intrusive."
The group was able to analyze all potential environmental
and occupational hazards in under two weeks.
NEPMU-2 and NMCPHC are part of the Navy Medicine
team, a global health care network of Navy medical personnel
around the world who provide high-quality health care to more
than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine person-
nel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing criti-
cal mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on
Baby makes debut at 12:12 p.m., on 12-12-12 at Portsmouth
By Rebecca A. Perron, Naval IVIedical
Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Five-pound,
10-ounce Kennedy Kathleen Robbins
made her entrance to the world on Dec.
12, 2012, which alone is significant, but
she was also born at 12:12 p.m. at Naval
Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP).
While the rest of the world will have
a fleeting memory of what they did that
day, little Kennedy will have a permanent
reminder - and a great conversation
Proud parents, Kristen and retired
Master Chief Aviation Ordnanceman
Daniel Robbins, were surprised by the
timing, especially since the baby was not
due until Dec. 19.
"I had my 38-week check last week,"
Kristen said. "But the doctor decided she
was a little small. So I got a call to come
in on Dec. 1 1 for a growth scan even
though I had a 39-week appointment on
The staff never got around to the
growth scan because the baby's heart rate
Photo by Rebecca Perron
Kennedy Kathleen Robbins made her
grand entrance at 12: 12 p.m. on Dec.
12, 2012, at Naval Medical Center
Portsmouth. Her parents, Kristen and
retired Master Chief Aviation Ordnance-
man Daniel Robbins, were surprised by
the time of her birth.
"They decided to induce me the after-
noon of the 11th because her heart rate
was low, and since we were so close to 40
weeks, they said everything should be ok,"
Kristen said. "I was in labor for almost a
full day before she was born."
As Kristen's contractions got stronger
around 11:45 a.m., Daniel said he started
joking with the Labor and Delivery staff
about the possibility of a 12:12 p.m. birth.
As Kristen began to push, Daniel kept
one eye on her and one on the clock.
"At 12:05 she was pushing, and I knew
it would be close," Daniel said. "At 12:12,
Kennedy popped out."
"I wasn't really aware of the time as it
was happening," Kristen said. "I was just,
oh my God, it's over. Then when doctor
called it - 12:12 and 26 seconds - I real-
ized the time and thought 'no way"
Other family members were also in
disbelief, including big brothers Shawn,
16, and Julian, 10.
"Everyone thought we were lying - no
one believed it," Kristen said. "When it
sunk in, then they said it was a miracle, a
sign. Regardless, she's a blessing."
"Just the date alone is once in a centu-
ry, but to have the time, too, is amazing,"
There's stiU another 12 to look forward
to when Kennedy reaches her twelfth
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MEDNEWS at 703-681-9032 or Valerie.Kremer@med.navy.mil
10 -MEDNEWS -December 2012
Navy Medicine Researcli
NAMRU-3 supports medical research capacity building in Liberia
From Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 Public Affairs
CAIRO - U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 (NAMRU-3)
is playing an important role in medical research capacity build-
ing in Liberia, which is recovering from a brutal 14-year civil
war that devastated the country's infrastructure.
Since 2010, Navy biomedical researchers have been col-
laborating with the Liberian Institute of Biomedical Re-search
(LIBR) on two research projects funded by the Armed Forces
Health Surveillance Center/Global Emerging Infections System
(AFHSC-GEIS). These projects focus on disease vector surveil-
lance, detection of vector-borne viral pathogens such as malaria,
and vector control. The projects are enabling the country to
independently expand vector-borne disease surveillance and
detection capabilities in Liberia to benefit the Liberian Armed
Forces as well as the entire population of Liberia.
"Our projects in Liberia directly support our warfighters,"
said Capt. Buhari Oyofo, NAMRU-3 commanding officer. "We
also need to leave the knowledge and tools behind so they can
continue to support themselves once we're done."
The NAMRU-3 team visited Monrovia, Liberia in November
to meet with key collaborators, including Dr. Walter Gwenigale,
the Minister of Health and Social Welfare; Dr. Fatorma Bolay,
the Director of LIBR; and U.S. Marine Col. Vernon Graham, the
officer in charge of Operation Onward Liberty (OOL).
The Minister of Health and Social Welfare gave high praise
for NAMRU-3's capacity building engagements in Liberia. He
expressed specific thanks for the collaboration at LIBR, where
he also serves as the chairman of the Board of Governors,
and he expressed the hope that the current collaboration with
NAMRU-3 will open doors for future projects for the benefit of
Liberia and attract other potential collaborators to LIBR.
In a separate meeting, the Director of LIBR said, "The col-
laboration with NAMRU-3 is helping to restore many of the
capabilities that LIBR had before the war."
During a meeting with Graham, he expressed particular in-
terest in the project combining insecticide spraying for all base
housing with surveillance and geospacial mapping to determine
the distribution of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. No malaria
infections have been diagnosed in US troops since the onset of
the spraying, which is carried out by NAMRU-3 in collaboration
From left: Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Curry, Capt. Buhari Oyofo, Dn
Walter T. Gwenigale, Lt. J oseph Diclaro, and Dn Fatorma
Bolay. Capt. Oyofo, the NAMRU-3 commanding officer,
meets with Dn Gweningale, the Liberian Minister of Health,
to discuss collaboration through the Liberian Institute of
with the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE). This
illustrates the risk reduction made possible with a force health
protection policy employing both environmental vector con-
trols and anti- malarial prophylaxis.
With the assistance of OOL, NAMRU-3 has pursued mili-
tary-to-military engagements with the Armed Forces of Liberia
(AFL) through vector control training efforts in collaboration
On a tour of Camp Edward Binyah, Oyofo met with Pfc. Na-
doris Nador and Pfc. Henry Morris, two AFL Preventive Medi-
cine Technicians. They told Oyofo how they had benefited from
the training offered through NAMRU-3 AFHSC-GEIS projects.
Nador expressed her appreciation for the training in vector
surveillance, vector biology/identification and vector con-
trol, saying, "The knowledge and the equipment provided by
NAMRU-3 has very much improved our ability to protect our
soldiers and their families from disease."
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substance enters the human body after a
year of smoking.
"We are promoting quitting tobacco,"
said Dainwood. "There are many alterna-
tives to smoking tobacco, but it's healthier
to just quit."
Both officers and enlisted personnel at-
tended the event, which included a booth
about health services available for Sailors
leaving and returning from a deployment.
"I'm happy that the deployed services
booth is here due to the unique service
that they provide to people that have
deployed", said Lt. Cmdr. Roy Hoff-
man, Makin Island's command chaplain.
"There is great value in what deployment
health does because they concentrate on
what the service member needs when
they get back from deployment."
Hoffman, who attended the event as
a participant in addition to his role as a
chaplain, said he signed up for the Senior
Health Assessment Enterprise (SHAPE)
program and hopes to begin following
their diet and workout plan to improve
his overall health.
The booth sponsored by the local com-
missary was a favorite for many Sailors
because it not only provided informa-
tion about the benefits of shopping at the
commissary but also provided healthy
fruit snacks including bananas, apples
"My favorite booth was the commis-
sary booth", said Aviation Ordnanceman
Airman Travis Clark, assigned to Essex.
"I was able to grab a healthy snack which
helps with my new diet."
Clark said he also found out some
important information regarding his
personal health while at the fair.
"I got my blood pressure checked and
found I have high blood pressure", said
Clark. "With this new information, I will
now monitor what I eat, exercise more,
and visit medical more often to make sure
I'm maintaining a healthy blood pres-
December 2012.MEDNEWS • 1 1
Voices from the Field
Happy Holidays from the Navy Surgeon General
By Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S.
Navy Surgeon General
As the year comes to a close and we
approach the New Year, we have much to
be thankful for and many milestones of
this past year on which to reflect. First,
I would like to personally thank each of
you, the Navy and Marine Corps Medi-
cine family and your loved ones, for the
great work you do on a daily basis. It is
with your continued service and dedica-
tion that we are able to accomplish our
mission of providing world-class care,
anytime, anywhere - from the deck plate
to the battlefield. Let me also acknowl-
edge those of our Navy Medicine fam-
ily who are currently deployed, serving
in harm's way protecting our freedoms
here at home. We are forever grateful for
your sacrifice and look forward to your
This past year, you have heard me talk
about the importance of "Ship, Shipmate,
and Self." During the holiday season, it
is important to remember these guiding
principles. Thank you for taking care of
the ship and getting the mission done
this year. It is evident in the hard work
you do that the state of Navy Medicine is
stronger than ever. I am impressed with
the advances Navy Medicine made this
year in the realms of medical informat-
ics, technology, telemedicine, prosthetics,
and research and development.
It is because of the hard
work you do that these
Let's make sure
this holiday season
that we take care
of our shipmates.
Many of our Navy
their loved ones
and friends may
not have a place to
go this holiday season
and let's not forget that
some of our Navy Medicine
family is also forward deployed.
Take time to reach out to our
shipmates and their families to
ensure that no shipmate is left be
Photo by Joshua Wick
Members from the surgeon general's staff wish the Navy Medicine family a happy
holiday season. From left: Chief Eric Edmonds, Maria Etheridge, Tammy Nathan,
Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, Cmdr. Angela Stanley, Lt. Cmdr. Darryl Green, Capt.
Stephen Pachuta, and Capt. Robert Fry.
hind. We need every member of our Navy
Medicine team in order to succeed.
It is also essential to take care of
yourselves during this holiday. We all
have a tendency to work hard
and burn the midnight
oil. However, you cannot
care for others if you
are not properly car-
ing for yourself Make
sure to get plenty of
rest and find time
to reflect on your
own needs and the
needs your family.
awareness is also an
important part of lead-
ership and success.
The holidays are also
a time of reflection. This past
year. Navy Medicine has be-
come more streamlined than
ever in its approach to provide
patient and family centered care, while
aiming for our goals of readiness, value,
and jointness. In 2012, we have seen the
down shift in operations in Afghanistan;
a significant reorganization within the
Navy Medicine enterprise including the
establishment of a Navy Medicine global
health engagement office, the Navy Medi-
cine Education and Training Command,
and a research and development code
(M2) within BUMED; the rollout of our
strategic map and charted course; and a
fond farewell to standard issue glasses,
also known as "Birth Control Glasses" or
BCGs, among many others achievements.
As we look to the New Year, I am
confident we will keep the state of Navy
Medicine strong and agile. Thank you for
your continued hard work, dedication
and collaboration. As always, I am proud
and honored to serve as your Surgeon
I wish you all a happy and safe holiday
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